Category Archives: CMS

Medicare Will Expand Coverage for Telehealth

By Ken Terry,  Information Week – Healthcare The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed changing how it defines telehealth services that may be eligible for Medicare coverage. But it’s unclear how far the agency will go in expanding such … Continue reading

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New Study: Medicaid Makes a “Big Difference” in Lives

By Julie Rovner,  for NPR   The study, being published as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research, has a distinctly bipartisan flavor. Among its authors are Katherine Baicker of Harvard, who was an economic adviser to … Continue reading

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Legal Oversight May Leave Rural Health Clinics Behind

By Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for Health Leaders Media   7/6/2011 A seemingly small omission from the 2009 economic stimulus law could spell big trouble for the country’s thousands of rural health clinics. The problem? If you’re billing the Centers for … Continue reading

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CMS Rule Encourages Hospitals to Participate in EHR Based Reporting Pilot

Joseph Goedert, HDM Breaking News, 7/5/2011 The CMS has issued a proposed rule urging critical access facilities and hospitals to take part in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program Electronic Reporting Pilot. “Through this pilot, we have encouraged hospitals to take … Continue reading

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HHS Urges Medicare Patients to Make Use of Free ‘Health Care Reform’ Benefits

By Daniel J. DeNoon, WebMD Health News June 20, 2011 — Only one in six Medicare beneficiaries have so far received any of the preventive care services now free to them due to health care reform. To save lives — and money … Continue reading

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HHS Review of Regulations: Impact on Hospitals and Telemedicine

Nurse.com The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a review of regulations in response to a request from President Obama for all federal government agencies to streamline regulatory procedures. Among various initiatives for review are several that could … Continue reading

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ONC: First Medicare EHR Incentive Payments Due This Week

Government Health IT, 5/19/2011 The first Medicare electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments will be issued this week, according to an announcement made Wednesday by the ONC. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said providers who have successfully … Continue reading

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